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MSW Program Concentrations

The School's view of program concentrations is based on the idea that rapidly changing policies, emerging evidence-based practices, and dramatic changes in service delivery patterns and structures require a graduate to be well-grounded in the methodologies of change as well as the contexts of practice. The curriculum builds on the generalist foundation curriculum and provides students the choice of four practice method concentration areas (interpersonal practice, community organization, management in the human services, and social policy and evaluation). Students also select one of five practice areas (aging in families and society, children and youth in families and society, community and social systems, health, and mental health) in which to apply their chosen practice method.

The practice method concentration focuses on theories and interventions related to practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities, and/or society. And the practice area provides an opportunity to apply the practice method, focusing on selected contexts and domains of practice, with particular attention given to specific policies, procedures, and practices. Together, the practice method concentration and practice area serve to broaden and deepen foundation knowledge and skills, and enhance the specialized skills needed for students to know the how and why of their interventions.

Students complete six credit hours in their practice method concentration. Students complete nine credit hours of coursework in their practice area. In addition, all students are required to complete Evaluation in Social Work (SW 683).

Practice Method Concentrations

All students in the School are required to select a practice method concentration and practice area in which to apply their chosen practice method. A student's choice determines which advanced courses are requirements for graduation. The practice method concentration focuses on theories and interventions related to practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities, and/or society.

Choosing a Practice Method Concentration

All students must select a practice method concentration from one of the four practice methods: interpersonal practice, community organization, management of human services, and social policy and evaluation. Students are required to complete six credit hours of advanced coursework in their practice method concentration.

Available Concentrations:

Choosing a Minor Practice Method

Students who wish to complete a substantial amount of content in a second practice method, and to have such study officially recognized, have the option of selecting a minor practice method. Students may choose to minor in any one of the practice methods in which they do not concentrate. Students who elect a minor method complete advanced courses in that method and spend 25% of their advanced field instruction time learning skills in that method. Selecting a minor method, however, can limit students' placement options.

Practice Areas

All students in the School are required to select a practice method concentration and practice area in which to apply their chosen practice method. A student's choice determines which advanced courses are requirements for graduation. The practice area provides an opportunity to apply the practice method and focuses on selected contexts and domains of practice, with particular attention given to specific policies, procedures, and practices.

Choosing a Practice Area

All students select a practice area in which to apply their chosen practice method from one of the following: aging in families and society, children and youth in families and society, community and social systems, health, and mental health. Students complete nine credit hours of coursework in their practice area. In the practice area courses and in the field placement, the curriculum provides a more intensive focus on issues of privilege, oppression, diversity, and social justice.

Available Practice Areas:

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